Straczynski On “World War Z” Scale

Unlike most zombie movies about a small group of survivors fending off undead hordes, scribe J. Michael Straczynski tells MTV News that his adaptation of Max Brooks’ “World War Z” will emphasize that book’s global events.

“The scale of what we’re doing here is phenomenal…it has that international feel to it” he says. One example? “You’re in India with hundreds of boats trying to get out of there with a tidal wave of zombies.” He says the film is “[just as] political as the book was.”

Straczynski says he completed the first draft of the screenplay in the Spring and has been waiting for a director for several months before Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace”) was attached. “Now that Marc is here, I’m working with his notes to make one final pass on the script. Our hope is to get it moving into production by the first of the year” he says.

The book was told in the format of a United Nations investigator taping interviews with around two dozen survivors from different regions around the globe who were affected by a zombie pandemic. The scribe has kept that approach for the film.

“We follow this guy all over the world as he goes on these interviews, and he has his own personal story as well. You’re cutting between the past and the present, how he got to this point” he says. The approach also allows him to cherry-pick his favorite moments in the book, and move the narrative throughout different points in time.